Student Research Opportunities
Participation in Research
The Research Division is continuously conducting studies which require consenting volunteer participants. All research at Logan is Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved and conducted in accordance with HIPAA standards. Current faculty research and student senior research projects are ongoing and in various stages of completion ranging from recruiting and data collection to submission for publication. Students interested in participating in research studies may be eligible for extra credit in some classes at the discretion of the instructor. For a list of studies currently recruiting, please visit the research laboratory and check the list of available studies.
The Research Division employs both Federal Work Study and Non-Federal Work Study students for research assistant positions. Research assistants perform tasks related to research projects under the supervision of a research division faculty mentor. Tasks include, but are not limited to: literature searches, data capture, use of laboratory equipment, data transcription, and manuscript preparation. Qualifications of research assistants include promptness, ability to follow directions, previous experience in research, data management, use of laboratory equipment, and/or education or certification in athletic training, exercise physiology, etc. New positions may become available at the end or beginning of each trimester. To apply for a research assistant position, submit your resume to the Research Division Administrative Assistant. If your resume is accepted, the Financial Aid Office will evaluate your work study eligibility status and will provide you with the necessary forms.
Frequently Asked Questions about Student Employment
What is the difference between a Work-Study student and a Non-Work Study student?
A work study student is paid partly by the federal government and partly out of the division budget. The federal government pays 75% of the work-study wages and the department pays the remaining 25%. A non-work study student is not eligible for work-study funds and is paid 100% from the departmental budget.
How do I know if I am eligible for work-study monies?
Before you begin working, you must contact the Financial Aid Office and obtain an on-campus work packet. This packet includes an Authorization to Work Form, which indicates if the student is eligible for work-study funds. The Authorization to Work form must be signed by you and your supervisor before any hours are worked.
What forms/ documents do I need to submit to Financial Aid Office before I begin work?
The Financial Aid Office must have a signed Authorization to Work form, Award Letter, Information Packet Coversheet and completed Federal and Missouri W-4s, I-9 form, and a copy of your current driver's licence and social security card. In addition, you must attend a Blood Borne Pathogen training session.
How many hours can I work on campus?
All students (work study and non-work study) are limited to 20 hours a week, all jobs combined.
How many jobs can I hold on campus?
There are no restrictions on the number of jobs that you may hold as long as the total number of hours worked does not exceed 20 hours per week.
Can I receive compensation from any other source for hours worked under the work-study program?
No you may not receive compensation from any other source for hours worked in an on-campus position. This includes extra credit, course hours, etc.. for hours worked while the student is also being paid by the department.
Do I fill out timesheets or timecards?
If you are eligible for work-study fund, you will need to fill out timesheets obtained from the Financial Aid Office. If you are non-work study eligible, you will fill out timecards available from the Accounting Office.
How do I know if I have exhausted my allotted work-study award?
A Work-Study Coordinator will send you a Termination Form indicating that the funds have been exhausted. You will have two options. First, you can continue working and be put on the college payroll if your supervisor has sufficient funds in the division budget. This requires your supervisor's signature and means you are now paid 100% from the division budget. The second option is to quit working until your are eligible for work-study funds again.
How often do I get paid?
You will be paid bi-weekly.
Can I work during scheduled class times?
No, you may not work during a scheduled class time, even if the class has been canceled or you are not required to be present in class. Students may work on days when no classes are scheduled (i.e. Field Day, National Board Exam Days, etc.)
When are timesheets due?
They are due by noon every other Monday. A separate timecard/sheet must be filled out for each position.
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns regarding the on-campus work study program?
Please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Students are required to complete a senior research project during trimesters 8-10 under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The sequence of events leading to completion of the senior research project begins with instruction to instrumentation and procedures in basic science laboratory courses and continues with research design and statistics in the research methodology course. The requirements for the senior research project include: submission and approval of a formal research project proposal, periodic evaluation of progress and submission of final written manuscript in JMPT publication format. Types of Senior Research Projects include but are not limited to: experimental research, case reports/series, surveys, and literature reviews.
Previous Senior Research projects may be viewed in the Archives or by contacting Logan's archivist. For more information on senior research projects contact the Research Department.